Death By Hops
Olde Hickory Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #2,512
Ranked #15,978
3.91 | pDev: 11.25%
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow filtered with moderate carbonation four fingers of off white head.

It smells like nothing. Has a hint of grapefruit pith.

And the taste is of light grapefruit and pine.

Light body and Heavy carbonation.

I got this on the East Coast and drinking in Redding, July 30, 2020. It’s pretty decent, but the name seems misleading.

Jul 30, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with a 28 January 2020 bottling date stamp on the label, served in a lager glass.
Pours with a clear, dark, amber colored body topped by a creamy beige head that has good retention.
Aroma: Hoppy but mild
Flavor. A pleasant surprise given the mild aroma. This is a bold IPA with a generous malt load that results in an ale that could readily be mistaken for a fine DIPA. At 7%,the ABV leans towards the DIPA category too. Nicely balanced, the bitterness picks up in the finish but not so much as to leave an unpleasantly bitter aftertaste.

Jun 14, 2020
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Arjen from Netherlands

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from draught at Borefts 2019. Pours a clear deep golden color and an off white head with a small layer retention. Aroma's of hops, resin, fruit confit. Retronasal it's resinous hops, bitter, fruity. Flavor is moderate bitter and light sweet. Medium bodied. Finish is rather bitter. Nice old school IPA.

Oct 20, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has dank and hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a dank prevalent bitter hop flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good IPA

Jun 30, 2019
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- suspended yeast and appears medium bodied thickness with colors of orange and amber. 2 finger head that is foamy and mountainous. leaves a nice lacing on the glass as well.

S- pine hops dominate the nose with faint hints of grapefruit.

F- pine is at the forefront. the grapefruit comes through faintly.

M- hoppy and medium bodied for an IPA

O- very smooth and tasty. The pine is dominant but i really enjoy it.

Aug 06, 2018
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Mandpasbury from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Upon opening, I really could not detect much of an aroma...bland to say the least. After the first drink, which frankly my expectations were not too high given the lack of opening aroma, I was met with a BIG burst of pine , followed by the warm bitterness of a good solid hop flavor. After the last pull, I must admit that this IPA is a bit heavier than most other IPA's I have had but it is a nice long finish, with a heavy bop bitterness. The more of this brew I drank, the more I liked it. Overall, very good IPA from one of my "close-to-local" NC breweries, Olde Hickory Brewery.

Feb 11, 2018
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JayQue from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice bitter IPA. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Almost clear honey yellow color with a big frothy white head and tons of thick lacing. Head retention is better than average. Aroma and taste are good bitter hops. Mostly citrus but the flavor and aroma are not that pronounced other than the bitterness. A good but not great flavor. Mouthfeel is rich and crisp, no alcohol burn. I would happily drink this one again but there are a lot of similar IPAs out there.

Sep 08, 2017
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The long lived lemon-sherbet head transitions from tall and rocky to 1" pancake batter. Lacing on the Cisco Fisheye Pint glass is slight and sticky, while the honey-amber (SRM-10-12) beer rests below. Each sip deposits a thin viscus film.

Strong Pine resin greats the nose, introducing orange rind and caramel. Later hearty white bread transitions to a dense Russian rye.

The first sip is quite bitter, as expected, followed by shots of powerful caramel sweetness. As the beer warms a little, it reveals pine tar. Grapefruit and orange pith play roles, but are held in check by peanut husks and a long aftertaste of aspirin. The finish is astringent and bitter. All told, this beer is a bit muddy.

A full body, with an almost syrupy texture and modest carbonation. ABV is as expected, and highlights a slightly harsh astringency. All are in keeping with the style, but cumulatively the astringency holds it back.

As a double IPA, one expects the bitterness and astringency, but one also expects these to be balance with bold flavors. Muddiness pervades this beer, and if cleaned-up it would certainly shine. Never the less, it is enjoyable during the Super bowl pre-game warm-up.

Jul 08, 2017
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kind of old: bottle dated 2/24/2017. Poured into IPA glass. It pours a hazy, honey-orange color with an enormous, eggshell-white head and lacing. It has a fairly malty aroma, with lots of resinous pine and floral hops. I've read a few of the reviews and this simply isn't as bitter as others have experienced, perhaps due to the age. It doesn't seem like 108 IBU to me, except in the after taste. While the bottle says it's a "west coast classic," to me, it's a somewhat typical southern style IPA: nice malt base, some caramel, and a finish with grapefruit and hops. It has a fairly creamy mouth feel and the 7% ABV is relatively tame. Overall, I feel like I'm not doing it justice. It's a nice, hoppy IPA but I'd like to taste it fresher.

Apr 30, 2017
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Dave1999 from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

I don't remember having an ipa as bitter as this for while. Very sweet and malty with a lot of pine, extremely bitter. I'd probably say that this is a double ipa.

Jul 10, 2016
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from Loews in Banner Elk Saturday for$6.49. Bottled on 12-2-2015...hopefully it has been refrigerated!

Beer poured orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is lacking, just a light hint of citrus.

Taste is citrus forward with a nice pine finish.

Feel is full drinking like a double IPA.

Overall this is a decent brew that is worth a shot.

May 24, 2016
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another one I was surprised I had not reviewed before. Death by Hops is a regular on tap at several taverns near me so I see it fairly regularly. Pours standard golden bronze with a thin white head. Nose has your pine and grapefruit and lemon zest triumvarite.

This is frontloaded with lemon and pine hops, but you do get some caramel malt before the pine in the aftertaste kind of washes over everything. I do think the texture does a nice job of keeping everything in tine, dry and tight. Nothing mind blowing here, but one of the more reliable hop bombs brewed in the state.

Apr 27, 2016
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-orange with a 2 finger cream colored head. Fairly good retention on the head and a huge mass of sticky lacing left behind.

Grapefruit, pine and orange peel on the nose. Really big caramel malt. Doughy.

Dank pine hops and caramel malt on first sip. Orange peel, lemon zest, and grapefruit. Bread dough. More caramel at the end.

Medium bodied going to a touch viscous. Medium carbonation. Some sweetness form the malt balanced by lingering piney dankness.

Really interesting IPA. Such a huge amount of caramel, much more than most IPAs.

Apr 20, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1/2" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: loads of citrus and an earthy hop bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, pine, and a strong earthy bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a dry aftertaste. Long lasting bitterness rides the tongue for a while.

Overall: for those that enjoy aggressively hopped beers, this one will make you happy.

Apr 03, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: deep gold, long lasting thin white head
S: dank and piney
T: bitter up front, resinous and faint citrus
F: good mouthfeel
O: not my favorite DIPA

Mar 16, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A hazy gold pour produces a 2”off-white foam cap that takes 5 minutes to recede to a thick, lacy, clingy film.
S: Tropical fruit aromas, a hint of citrus, and herbal vegetal aromas with a trace of garlic.

T: Big citrus, fruit, and tropical fruit flavors, medium malt with a light malt-fruit sweetness, finishing with a big grapefruit rind bitterness seasoned with a little savory herbal vegetal flavor. The hop bitterness is assertive, fairly high but well balanced by the malt and the hop derived fruit flavors.

F: Medium body, medium to medium low carbonation.
O: A big bitter elixir.

Nov 24, 2015
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looked frighteningly carbonated at first as soda - like bubble action in this slightly hazy burnt orange creates a foamy beige head. Luckily, the body is far more pronounced than what the pour suggested. Hop stank is big with earthy and grapefruity taste. Nose sells more malt than what comes through but we still have pretty nice balance. Yep, pretty decent this one.

Sep 19, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: slightly hazy; burnt orange in color; <1 finger off white head that receded to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: all hops; tropical fruit, floral, and a little pine;

T: mostly floral through mid-palate; at the finish, it's earthy, floral, piney, and assertively bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderately carbonated; lightly dry finish;

O: a true hop bomb in every sense;

Jun 16, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep caramel, and reddish to orange rusted and bright clear bronze body. Great amount but not excessive carbonation, rising at a good normal clip through the body. Head is big and booming, four fingers, slightly soapy off white with almost a vanilla yellow cream color to it. Very thin retention, but plenty of classic big IPA staying power. Great looking brew.

Delicious hop aroma and controlled bouquet. Icing like small sweetness with leafy mint to herbal hops at first. Some good floral notes but seems to not be as citrus forward to me as the label says. Slightly juiced, but also some mild caramel and some good malt sweetness which really accentuates the hop angle in a better angle almost to a cake like and desert maple and frosting controlled sweetness, but not overboard. Some tropical notes but just a little mushy and indistinct. A lot going on here, varied, very impressive.

Palate brings hop goods. Juiced mid palate brings fruit zest richness, but then the aftertaste explodes in sharp pine and citrus zest. Piney and very good lingering aftertaste with just a hint of caramel sweetness for a really nice balance. Mouthfeel really gets into a real nice full coating, but doesn't quite get to large or big push in the flavors. Lingering lime and pine finish, a bit of spicy mild burn in the mid tongue, but manages to be really playful and not distracting. Tropical and citrus aromas are not really coming out on the palate, but seem to be replaced by a different hop focus that is at least very impressive.

As classic hop forward in style, probably not the hopheads or new valued "it hop" flavor of the week for some, but love the basic variety, distinct touch of unique hop character and balance with this. Very well put together package here.

Apr 30, 2015
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hotpauko from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

See Vette's review previous. Big ole mouth of hops with above average bitterness even grapefruit lemony bite. Strong malt backbone. Says double but not quite a double IMHO. Good beer.

Apr 12, 2015
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Death By Hops pours a hazy copper color with a small but lacing head. Big hoppy aroma, big bitter notes. Big hop flavors, bold malt backbone, big bitter aftertaste. Flatter body, but nice flavors. Overall its drinkable, flavorful, big bitterness.

Apr 12, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Resin, pine, dank hops, and muted grapefruit in aroma, touch of bready, toasted malt.

Flavor is floral initially, then extremely bitter. Nice citrus notes, herbal, but waaaay too bitter for me.

Apr 12, 2015
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

3.72/5  rDev -4.9%

I'll make this review short and sweet. Pours a light color with not much head to speak of. I don't care too much for looks, so let's get to the taste. This is basically, in my opinion, just a standard quality IPA. Nothing fancy or over the top here. The name certainly rings true as the first taste is a strong hoppy bitterness. Little hints of grapefruit that surprisingly lingers for longer in between sips than the strong hop taste. If you can find this for a good price, it's worth a shot, just don't expect anything life changing and you will enjoy this solid offering from Olde Hickory

Dec 01, 2014
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Cobrito from Georgia

4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

"Enjoy me before" date of Feb. 2015, purchased at Sam's in Durham, NC.

This excellent brew deserves more love, so though I had sworn off reviewing I had to add a quick note:

Wonderful full-bodied IPA with complex array of notes and one of the best finishes of any beer I have ever had. One of those beers that is best from mid-palate to the finish. Highly recommended.

Oct 12, 2014
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Barleycorn Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient, randomly patterned lacing.

S- Big juicy hop aroma that's musty and dank. Slightly sweet smelling.

T- The hop flavor is decidedly grassy and not very in-your-face but the bitterness is definitely there and lingers a good while. Decent malt backbone to balance that's a bit bready and sweet. The ABV isn't incredibly noticeable.

M- Pretty sharp and dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I wouldn't necessarily call this a "death by hops" beer but it's certainly assertive and the malt provides a near-perfect balance to the aggressive hop content.

Jun 17, 2014
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